© 2010 Kim

A new way to meet neighbors….under the cover of night….

I need to give you a little back ground information on this post. Since our arrival in Switzerland, we have had a little trouble with where to take Didger to do his business. You see, the Swiss are VERY particular about their grass. So….. we have been corrected by the locals a number of times. They ALL seem to have an opinion of where Didger (and all dogs) should go.

Not how you want to meet your neighbors.

Last night was no different…. So here is what happened.

Zach takes Didger outside. Not a problem. All very routine, so we thought. On the way back to the apartment, Zach decides to toss the bag of treasures Didger just created onto our deck. We have a can on our deck for his treasures, so it made some sense that he would do this – at least, it made sense to the boys. It never crossed my mind, but Aaron confessed to thinking of trying it too. The only problem was … it didn’t land on our deck.

It landed on our upstairs neighbor’s patio table.

Great way to meet a neighbor, right?

So….. how does one get that treasure back? Once we all gained composer from laughing so hard, we tried a couple things.

Zach went to the apartment to explain what happened. The German neighbor was not home. He tried a few more times and he still wasn’t home. So, Zach wrote a letter of apology explaining what happened and taped it to the door. In the meantime, Aaron arrived home.

We then got to thinking about the scaffolding that was just put up outside our deck to fix a water problem in the two apartments above us. By then, it was well after 7pm and the sun was setting – perfect time for action under the cover of dusk. Aaron decided to go for it and climb the scaffolding to retrieve “the item” while Zach went to see if the neighbor was home. Aaron climbed up to the neighbor’s balcony, only to find he couldn’t get off at that level – safely. There were brackets in the way, and he would have had to jump 3 feet down onto the railing, then to the patio. He didn’t sign up for that. So, Aaron climbed down the scaffolding to the ground level, seeing our lower level Swedish neighbors in their family room out of the corner of his eye. Another great way to meet more neighbors, right? They had to be wondering what the heck was going on.

So, by 8:30 our German neighbor still wasn’t home, a carefully worded note was taped to his door, we had weirded out our other neighbors and … we decided to call it a night.

Upon waking this morning … still no sign of our upstairs neighbor. We had to get the kids off to school.

I came home from taking the kids to school and there was a note on our door step WITH the treasure bag. Our neighbor replied so kindly and simply:

“It’s O.K.”

A short while later, the Swedish neighbor came up to introduce herself. Thankfully, she did not mention the strange man walking down the scaffolding under the cover of dusk dressed in black, but then, she hasn’t yet met Aaron.

So needless to say, yet another adventure. It builds character, right?


  1. Jeannie Cooper
    Posted October 9, 2010 at 1:14 pm | #


    You better work on your pitching. At least missing your intended target made for a good story! We could just picture your dad on the scaffolding.

    Love, Grandpa & Grandma Cooper

  2. Terri Hartman
    Posted October 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm | #

    Way to make an impression Cooper’s. LOL That’s why we love and miss you all so much. Glad your neighbors are good sports.

    Terri H.

  3. Janalee
    Posted October 10, 2010 at 8:47 am | #

    LOL I haven’t checked your site in a while due to a few things I had going on at school… 🙂 This post is TOO funny! Don’t worry about it too much, though, by the time you guys have to leave Switzerland, your neighbors will be like family, I’m sure – and what family doesn’t have history of a time when one part of the family threw dog poop at another? 😉 LOL

    I love you and miss you – sorry for not getting back to your email, Kim, to be honest I forgot to mark it for response and so, forgot!!! I stink, but the Marathon is over, so I am slowly regaining my life and will be back soon! 🙂 Thanks for understanding…

  4. Tammy Herbes
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 3:50 am | #

    Oh my! This one for sure will make it into the top 10 rememberances.

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